You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 2:5
The subject of holiness has been put behind the curtain in modern preaching. Since holiness implies renunciation of the things of the world and withdrawal to God, there are preachers who fear to treat the subject in order not to offend their parishioners. That’s why they prefer to talk about things that are more pleasing to their ears. 1 Peter 2:5 compels us to be a holy priesthood offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
A holy priesthood is opposed to the values of the world because they oppose the values of God. Therefore, as a holy priesthood, we should not only seek our own holiness, but should become the spokesman for it. It is impossible to be a part of a holy priesthood without preaching about sin, repentance, and holiness. The final times are approaching hopelessly and the ministers and servants of Jesus Christ are called to present these subjects to both the unbelieving and the sleeping church.
As a holy priesthood, we must preach by reminding everyone of what Hebrews 12:14 says, Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord. This is a biblical preaching, which was presented by the apostles and all those who have adjusted to the Bible in all ages. For example, the English preacher John Charles Ryle (1816-1900) said, “We must be holy because this is the only sound proof that we have a saving faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Other servants of Jesus Christ have expressed themselves in similar terms. The American Jerry Bridges said, “Holiness implies more than mere actions. Our motivations must be holy, that is, they must spring from a desire to do something simply because it is the will of God.” Another American, Paul D. Washer, said, “The evidence of justification by faith is ongoing work of sanctification through the Holy Spirit.” Both coincide with what Ryle had said more than a century before.
Many are drawn to Christ with the idea that God has a “wonderful plan” for them. And they imagine that this plan of God implies making them prosperous and happy. Certainly the wonderful plan of God will give us untold treasures in the heavens and the joy of having eternal life with Him. The American Iain Duguid has said in this regard, “God’s ‘wonderful plan’ for our lives is not limited to take us to heaven; it also includes putting the heaven within us by reforming us into a holy people.”
And concerning Duguid, 1 Peter 2:9 says, But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. We are a royal and holy priesthood, we are a holy people, a holy nation. God did not rescue us from the slavery of sin, paying as high a price as the blood of His Son, for we may continue in the captivity of filth.
We are called to be holy. The American preacher Aiden Wilson Tozer (1897-1963) once said: “The true Christian ideal is not to be happy, but to be holy.” Let us not deceive ourselves with the lies of the enemy and exercise our holy priesthood with dignity. God bless you.